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Federal Grand Jury Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2012

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina -- United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced today that a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Florence, South Carolina, has returned the following Indictments:

Bennettsville Inmate Charged.  
Jimmy Davis, age 34, was charged in a one-count Indictment alleging he assaulted   a Federal Correctional Officer while in custody at FCI Bennettsville, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 111(a)(1).  The maximum penalty Davis could receive is 8 years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney A. Bradley Parham of the Florence office for prosecution.

Bennettsville Woman Indicted for Embezzlement. 
Betty Lee Johnson, a/k/a Betty Goins Robinson, a/k/a Betty Lee Goins, age 39, of Bennettsville, SC, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with embezzlement, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 656.  The maximum penalty Betty Lee Johnson, a/k/a Betty Goins Robinson, a/k/a Betty Lee Goins could receive is 30 years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II, of the Florence office for prosecution.

Bennettsville Woman Indicted for Improperly Receiving Disability Benefits.   
Linda Barton, age 62, of Bennettsville, SC, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with theft of government property, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641.  The maximum penalty Linda Barton could receive is 10 years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the Social Security Administration and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II, of the Florence office for prosecution.

Loris Felon Faces Gun and Drug Charges.   
Jeffrey Lamont Jordan, age 35, of Loris, South Carolina, was charged in a two-count Indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.  Jordan is prohibited under federal law from possession of firearms and ammunition based upon prior state convictions, including strong armed robbery, arson, unlawful carrying of a pistol, resisting arrest, and several drug charges. The maximum penalty Jordan could receive is life imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Jean M. Popowski, of the Florence office for prosecution. 
 
The United States Attorney stated that all charges in this Indictment are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.       

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